Come on down to Festival Plaza to the Shreveport Farmers’ Market, Saturday beginning at 8 am. This weekend will be Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 orders, which means 50% occupancy at the market, up from the 25% allowed on the opening weekend. All vendors will still be wearing masks and masks are also encouraged for all customers, but are not mandatory. The market opens at 8 am and goes until 1 pm. The Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through Aug. 29.
The first week of the Farmers’ Market was pretty fabulous. Vendors of all sorts provided everything from embroidered aprons and painted gourd bird houses to delicious Fair Trade coffees to giant sunflowers and home-baked breads to cheese, meats, plants, gourmet peanut butters and salsas, to dill-infused crackers, healthy dog treats and ice cream cakes to ground fresh corn meal.
Local vegetables and fruit spilled off the tables- organic kale and berries, potatoes, green tomatoes, squash of all types, melons, greens of all types, peaches, onions, herbs, and more. The pavilion keeps the market in the shade, and it is easy to step away for social distancing.
Even though the Spring Street overpass will be out of commission for most of the summer, we wanted you to see the many OTHER ways to access the Shreveport Farmers’ Market!
Wait (almost) no longer for the return of the market that launches year #34 at 8 am this Saturday, May 30! The market will be open selling its fresh-from-the-ground goodness every Saturday through August 29. Hours are 8 am- 1 pm.
There will be some differences for at least the first Saturday (Phase 1 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Orders) that will require mandatory social distancing and a limited occupancy. Because of this, you will notice that displays will be farther apart than normal, vendors will be wearing masks, and the number of people on the site at any one time will be limited. You will be able to enter the market ONLY at the East Pavilion across from the mural at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. There will be no sampling of food items at the Farmers’ Market and bathrooms will not be open to the public. Hand sanitizer will be placed for use of customers.
If the numbers inside the pavilion exceed the mandatory 25% occupancy limit, persons will be asked to wait on the sidewalk until other shoppers leave and will then be allowed in. There will be a lot to see!
The East Pavilion features vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, honey, and meats grown/raised within a 150-mile radius of Shreveport. Ranchers sell ethically-raised beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Great breads, jams, jellies, pickles, various canned goods, locally-made soaps, dog treats, seasonings, and sauces are also available as are cookies, cakes, candies, and pralines. There is a new layout that will feature a Food Row featuring hot, ready-to-eat foods ranging from chicken and waffles to shrimp and grits.
Free parking is available at meters and certain downtown lots. There is an ATM onsite, and some vendors accept credit/debit cards. The market also accepts SNAP transactions to spend with participating vendors, and some farmers accept Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Food Coupons available through parish Councils on Aging and WIC. The market is a project of Red River Revel, Inc. and is sponsored by Shreveport DDA and supported by and the Shreveport-Bossier Convention Center and the City of Shreveport/SPAR.